By Barbara J. Zitwer
Marble Arch Press, $15.00, 288 pages
I just put down the book, The J.M. Barrie Ladies’ Swimming Society, and loved every word that Barbara J. Zitwer wrote. It was one of those “read start to finish in one setting” books for me, which was a nice change from what I have been reading. Lovelorn architect and heroine of the book, Josephine “Joey” Rubin, has had a lifelong love affair with all things Peter Pan. When she is commissioned to oversee the renovation of the manor where J.M. Barrie stayed while writing Peter Pan, she doesn’t realize the changes it has in store for her.
Being a city girl from New York, the English countryside is the perfect landscape for Joey or anyone to analyze her life and find what’s important. While at the manor, she is able to reevaluate old and new friendships and take a good look at her life and happiness. She meets a variety of characters, not only the ladies from the swimming society, but also a widower and his lovely daughter with ghosts of their own. This book is a must-read for anyone who wishes to get lost with the Lost Boys and Peter Pan without running away to Neverland.
Reviewed by Annie Hicks